Fall in Lawrence County

From scenic spots to spooky scares, it’s time to get in the spirit. Here is a great way to embrace the crisp air and sunny days. We put together a list of the top things to do this fall season. Happy Haunting!

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Scenic Spots

Lawrence County is bursting with color during the fall season. The landscape is painted bright yellow, orange and red, making it not just beautiful but a perfect backdrop for a photo. Below are a few places we recommend to see the leaves in their vibrant glory.

McConnells Mill State Park
A visit to McConnells Mill State Park during the peak of the fall foliage season is breathtaking. Drive through McConnells Mill Covered Bridge (a registered National Historic Landmark), stop for a tour of the historic gristmill and picnic at one of the two designated picnic areas.  The more adventurous person will enjoy hiking the 11 miles of rugged trails that traverse the Slippery Rock Gorge (a National Natural Landmark) from Hell’s Hollow to Eckert Bridge or the six-mile non-loop North Country National Scenic Trail. Enjoy the four water falls along your hike; Alpha Falls, Breakneck Falls, Hell’s Hollow, Kildoo Falls.  Check out Cleland Rock Overlook for a spectacular view of the many colored leaves on the various trees.

Amish Countryside
A fall foliage driving tour of Western Pennsylvania’s Amish Countryside provides a glimpse of life into the Old Order Amish, second largest in Pennsylvania. Drive the back roads to Banks Covered Bridge, past Amish farms, schoolhouses and craft shops.  Marvel in the rolling hills and beautiful landscape New Wilmington and Volant has to offer.

With a local park in every part of the county, there are more possibilities for perfect sweater weather picnics, leaf peeping and photo opportunities! Here are just a few!
Ewing Park, Ellwood City
West Park Nature Center, Union Twp.
Pearson Park, Neshannock Twp.
Cascade Park, New Castle
Marti Park, New Wilmington
Quaker Falls Recreation Area, Mahoning Twp.

Fall Family Fun!

Nothing says fall like pumpkins, apples and farm events. From pick your owns to corn mazes you have the opportunity to make family memories!

Apple Castle
Every Saturday enjoy fall to its fullest with a trip to Apple Castle’s Pick -Your -Own! Experience the beauty of fall, the smell of harvest in the air, and find the perfect pumpkin and/or peck of apples for your family.

Cheeseman’s Farm
It’s time for harvest and here you can pick-up your local favorites:  honey, apple butter, and of course pumpkins.  Every weekend, the Pumpkin Festival is a great way to spend a day with the family and enjoy the fall weather.

Sperdute Farm
Enjoy their Fall Festival broken up in numerous weekends. During the week stop by their market and pick up fresh produce, fall décor and more!

Irons Mill Farmstead
Spend the day exploring the 40+ fun stops all over the farm, including their themed corn maze – The Price is Right! Zip down the Bat Glide, bury yourself in corn at CornCob Beach, cheer on your favorite pig, catch candy raining from the sky and so much more. Don’t forget about their theme weekends, kid friendly corn maze and firework nights! Soak in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while watching your loved ones smile from ear to ear.

Night at the Zoo
Every Friday & Saturday in October experience Living Treasures like never before with their Night at the Zoo. This is a non-scary family event where you are invited to take a walk in the dark through torch lit walkways and to view the wild and interesting behaviors that many of the animals have at night. Hear the calls of many vocal animals and spot the glowing eyes of the big cats and alligators. Costumes are encouraged!

Spooky Scares

Scare Manor at Haunted Hill View Manor
Starting September 29th through October every Friday and Saturday, Haunted Hill View Scare Manor will be open. The $20 event will consist of a Scare House and grass maze field behind their main building. Guided tours of Hill View Manor will be available during the evening. Who knows? You might be greeted by their residents.

Cheeseman’s Fright Farm
This is your top destination for all things scaretastic. On the isolated 650 acres enjoy a haunted hayride, corn maze, and multiple walk though attractions where over 100 actors are hiding around every corner to give you the scartastic experience. Want something mellower? Bonfire areas are available for rent to sit back, relax and roast marshmallows.

Scary Tales Tours at the Hoyt
Step into the ambiguity of literature’s scariest tales throughout the darkened rooms of the Hoyt West Period House – from the witches of Macbeth to The Thing in the Cellar! You’ll gain insight into what is real and what is imagined and why that scares us! Bring your courage! They’ve got the flashlights. Reservations required.

Spooky Woods Walk
Take a walk through the Spooky Pines Haunted Trail at Walker Farms. You never know which creatures you’ll encounter!

Fall Themed Events

From Halloween themed wine trails to Witches Night Out to cozy fall open houses – Fall themed events in Lawrence County are endless. We even have a special “Fall Fun” tab on our events page making it easy to find your next fall activity.

Food, Drink & Everything (Pumpkin Spice) Sweet!

Fall season means the season of pumpkin spice! With a handful of local coffee shops, craft breweries and bakeries, you have multiple opportunities to sip or eat your favorite pumpkin spice drink. Don’t forget to have your Coffee Club Passport stamped along the way.

There are plenty of opportunities to fill your pillowcase with sweets this season! Between Trunk or Treats, parades and Trick or Treat – you’ll be set for the rest of the year.

Classic Fall Themed Films

Lights, camera, action! Kick off your Halloween season by viewing a classic themed movies!

Hocus Pocus will be shown under the stars, at Shenango Community Park! Please bring your lawn chairs or snuggly blankets for a fun-filled evening.

The Cathedral Classic Film Series presents “The Phantom of the Opera” the 1925 classic silent film featuring Lon Chaney.  World-famous organist David Wickerham will accompany the film on the Cathedral’s mighty Moller pipe organ.  Costumes are welcome!   Donations will be accepted for the Cathedral Organ Fund.

Enjoy movies filmed at the Wampum Underground! George Romero’s famous cult classic “Night of the Living Dead” and “The Last Witch Hunter.” Or “Pale Blue Eye” filmed at McConnells Mill State Park.  Grab takeout from a local restaurant and get ready for a movie night at home!

Taste of Germany

Beer and authentic German food are stand outs at a few upcoming Ellwood City’s Oktoberfest.

Explore Local Cemeteries

They say the best way to learn about an area is explore the local cemeteries.
-Oak Park Cemetery
-Graceland Cemetery
-Castleview Memorial Gardens
-St. Vitus Cemetery
-Parkside Cemetery
-Greenwood Cemetery
(Listed are some, not all)


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